We drive the Rolls Royce Ghost!

Rolls Royce today held an event for members of the media to experience a drive on their newest model, the Ghost. And we jumped at the chance!

But before we jump into the drive, here’s a bit of history. The legendary Silver Ghost launched in 1907, and from which the current avatar derives its name, was often hailed as the best four wheels in the world and was an instant hit with the rich and the famous. The new Rolls Royce Ghost aims to carry forward the legacy of the iconic model.

According to RR, the Ghost is a little less formal than the Phantom (really?!) and is more of an everyday car with a far sportier and dynamic driving experience. From the outside, the baby Rolls does intimidate you (like any ghost would), but step inside, and it instantly swaddles you in its luxurious cocoon.

Rolls Royce Ghost video

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Photo: Rolls Royce Ghost Photos by Tarun Sehgal

The Ghost boasts a host of gadgetry and safety systems (a 600 watt, 16-speaker audio system, two 9.2-inch LCD screens, heads-up display, lane-departure warning, parking cameras…the list goes on) and it still has many of the traditional touches like the analogue clock, violin-key switches, white dials and door-mounted umbrella. Overall, the car is around 400 mm shorter than the Phantom, but inside the difference in space is hardly palpable. For a change, we got into the rear seats first and then something really cool happened—the rear doors closed electronically at the touch of a button!

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While the event was held at the sprawling Jaypee Greens complex in Greater Noida (close to upcoming F1 race track), we were a tad disappointed by the actual spot itself where the drive was conducted—a kilometer-long strip that was cordoned off and strewn in with cones to demonstrate the car’s handling and maneuverability.

rolls royce ghost boot photo

After a quick demo by a specialist driver that Rolls had specially flown in, it was finally time for us to get behind the wheel. The Ghost is powered by a new 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that develops a whopping 563 bhp. But what’s more exciting is the 780 Nm of torque that kicks in as low as 1,500 rpm! I decided to push the pedal gently fearing the underlying fury of the engine. But the Ghost is no roadster. This is a Rolls and it goes about business ever so gracefully and poised. The needle shot past a mere 110 kmph before we ran out of road. But to cross the 100 kmph mark, it took only 5 seconds (the official figures are 4.9 seconds)! And while inside, the cabin isolated much of the noise, The Ghost did make a few growling and grunting sounds indicating its sporty character.

rolls royce emblem photo

The drive continued with the other journalists taking turns to get on the driver’s seat and us getting behind (which actually was more fun). We were on the Ghost for only 20 minutes but we came back from the drive completely possessed!

Rolls Royce Ghost technical specifications

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Number of doors / seats 4 / 5
Vehicle length (unladen) mm 5399
Vehicle width (unladen) mm 1948
Vehicle height (unladen) mm 1550
Wheelbase mm 3295
Turning circle m 13.4
Overhang front mm 867.5
Overhang rear mm 1236.5
Track width front mm 1622
Track width rear mm 1660
Shoulder room front mm 1510
Shoulder room rear mm 1418
Elbow room front mm 1540
Elbow room rear mm 1448
Max headroom front mm 1030
Max headroom rear mm 990
Effective headroom front with sunroof mm 995
Effective headroom rear with sunroof mm 975
Ground clearance (unladen) mm 150
Width including mirrors mm 2108
Luggage compartment capacity (ISO3832) ltr 490
Fuel tank capacity ltr 82.5
Unladen weight (DIN / (EU) kg 2360 / 2435
Axle load ratio, rear (unladen) % 48.2
Gross axle weight /max payload kg 2940 / 580
Axle payload limit front / rear kg 1445 / 1575
Engine type / Cylinders / valves V / 12 / 48
Fuel management Direct injection
Engine injector set-up / Aspiration DI(VVT)/ twin turbo
Displacement cm3 6592
Stroke / Bore mm 88.3 / 89.0
Power output @ engine speed bhp / kW (PS)/min-1 563 / 420 (570) / 5250
Max torque @ engine speed lb/ft / Nm/min-1 575 / 780 / 1500
Compression ratio / fuel type 10.0 / Super unleaded*
Transmission type 8 speed automatic
Transmission ratios 1st/2nd/3rd/4th 4.717 / 3.143 / 2.106 / 1.667
Transmission ratios 5th/6th/7th/8th 1.285 / 1.000 / 0.839 / 0.667
Transmission ratio reverse gear 3.317
Final drive ratio 2.813
Steering / Total Hydraulic rack and pinion 19.9
Steering wheel revolutions lock to lock 3.1
Brakes front /diameter x thickness – / mm Ventilated discs / 410×36
Brakes rear /diameter x thickness – / mm Ventilated discs / 402×30
Drag co-efficient cd / A / cd x A – / m2 / m2 0.33 / 2.60 / 0.863
Top speed mph / km/h 155 / 250
Acceleration 0-60 mph / 0-100km/h s 4.7 / 4.9
1km from standing start s 23.1
Power to weight (DIN-Unladen weight) kg/kW 5.6
Power per litre kW/ltr 63.7
Consumption urban (EU) ltr/100km 20.5
Consumption extra urban ltr/100km 9.6
Combined consumption / range mpg (imp. gal.)/ ltr/100km 20.8  / 13.6
Range m / km 376 / 605
CO2 Emissions (combined) g/Km 317
Exhaust emissions standard EU5
Front tyres 255/50 R19 103Y

255/45 R20 101Y

Rear tyres 255/50 R19 103Y

285/40 R20 104Y

Front wheels 8.5J x 19 EH2

8.5Jx20 EH2

Rear wheels 8.5J x 19 EH2

9.5Jx20 EH2

Wheel inset (difference between mounting face and centre of tyre section) mm 25
Capacity of radiator incl. heating / motor oil ltr 17.2 / 10.5
Transmission oil / final drive fluid ltr Lifetime filling
Battery capacity / location Ah / – 90 (AGM) / Luggage compartment
Alternator output rating A / W 210 / 2900

*The engine is designed for Octane 95 fuel

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No. of doors / seats 4 / 5
Vehicle length mm / inch 5399 / 212.6
Vehicle width mm / inch 1948 / 76.7
Vehicle height, unloaded mm / inch 1550 / 61.0
Wheelbase mm / inch 3295 / 129.7
Turning circle m / ft 13.4 / 44.0
Track width front mm / inch 1622 / 63.9
Track width rear mm / inch 1660 / 65.4
Width at shoulder height, front mm / inch 1510 / 59.4
Width at shoulder height, rear mm / inch 1418 / 55.8
Effective leg room, front mm / inch 1060 / 41.7
Effective leg room, rear mm / inch 1075 / 42.3
Effective head room, front mm / inch 1030 / 40.6
Effective head room, rear mm / inch 990 / 39.0
Trunk volume ltr / ft3 490 / 17.3
Trunk volume acc. SAE J1100 method ft3 14
Approx. tank capacity ltr / gal 82.5 / 21.8
Curb weight kg / lbs 2470 / 5445
Axle load ratio, rear (unladen) % 48.6
Gross vehicle weight kg / lbs 2940 / 6482
Payload kg / lbs 460 / 1014
Axle load limit, front kg / lbs 1445 / 3175
Axle load limit, rear kg / lbs 1575 / 3472
Engine / No. of cylinders / valves p. cyl. V / 12 / 4
Fuel management Direct injection
Engine injector set-up / Aspiration DI(VVT)/ twin turbo
Displacement, acc. to ECE Reg. cm3 / inch3 6592 / 402.3
Stroke mm / inch 88.3 / 3.48
Bore mm / inch 89.0 / 3.50
Nom. power output / Eng. speed SAE hp / min-1 563 (420) / 5250
Max. torque / Engine speed ft lbs / min-1 575 / 1500
Compression ratio / Fuel type 10.0 / Premium unleaded
Transmission type 8-speed automatic
Gear ratio   1st / 2nd / 3rd 4.717 / 3.143 / 2.106 / 1.667
Gear ratio   4th / 5th / 6th 1.285 / 1.000 / 0.839 / 0.667
Reverse gear ratio 3.317
Final drive ratio 2.81
Steering type Rack and Pinion / 19.9
Brake front / diameter – / mm / inch Ventilated disc / 410 / 16.1
Brake rear / diameter – / mm / inch Ventilated disc / 402 / 15.8
Drag  cd 0.33
Drag  cd x A m2 / ft2 0.863 / 9.3
Top speed km/h / mph 250 / 155
Acceleration 0-60mph s 4.8
Acceleration 0 – 1/4 mile s 13.2
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (Canada) s 5.0
Fuel consumption city ltr/100km / mpg TBC
Fuel consumption highway ltr/100km / mpg TBC
Fuel consumption combined ltr/100km / mpg TBC
Approx. range km / miles TBC
acc. EPA (fuel economy guide) city/highway/comb. TBC
Front tyres 255/50 R19 103Y

255/45 R20 101Y

Rear tyres 255/50 R19 103Y

285/40 R20 104Y

Front wheels 8.5J x 19 EH2

8.5Jx20 EH2

Rear wheels 8.5J x 19 EH2

9.5Jx20 EH2

Radiator incl. heater / Engine oil ltr / quarts 17.2/18.2 / 10.5/11.1
Transmission fluid  / Final drive fluid ltr / quarts Life-time
Battery capacity / installed position Ah / – 90 (AGM)  / luggage compartment
Alternator output rating A / W 210 / 2900